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Simple Smart Phones and Remote Controls Help Elderly and Disabled to Manage their Homes
With €2.7 million of EU funding, researchers from the Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Sweden have developed a solution to give elderly and disabled people easier control over the various electronic appliances and services in their homes using their mobile phone or other devices, the EC press service announced.
From FOCUS Information Agency, January 06, 2011

Refreshable Braille Display with iPhone 4 Tutorial
Victor Tsaran of the Yahoo! Accessibility Lab demonstrates how to use a refreshable braille display to drive the iPhone.
From Yahoo! Accessibility, December 27, 2010

Colleges Lock Out Blind Students Online
Blind students demand access to online course materials.
From The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 12, 2010

Washington, D.C. Publishes its First Digital Divide Strategy
OCTO is pleased to release a public draft of the District of Columbia's first ever strategic plan to address the digital divide. This is intended to be a living document, updated quarterly or bi-annually as conditions warrant, and will reflect the current high-level vision of the District Government as it relates to tackling this important issue.
From Office of the Chief Technology Officer, December 09, 2010

Qatar: Qtel, Vodafone Join Hands to Help the Challenged
Qtel and Vodafone Qatar have joined hands to help people with disabilities get connected with the digital world through assistive technology software and accessories, specialised handsets, website accessibility and greater access to their facilities.
From The Peninsula, December 08, 2010

South Africa: Phone for the Hard of Hearing
Vodacom has launched the Bellen A100 handset in South Africa, as an innovative solution for ‘hard of hearing’ mobile users. It is not only useful for people with hearing difficulties, but also makes clear communication possible for people who work in noisy environments.
From Gadget, December 06, 2010

USICD Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The members, staff, and Board of Directors of the United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD) today join people with disabilities around the world in celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
From USICD News, December 03, 2010

National Council on Disability Partners with U.S. Department of State to Recognize International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The National Council on Disability (NCD) is cosponsoring three panel discussions with the U.S. Department of State in observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. The panels will include discussions on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), violence against women and girls with disabilities, and HIV/AIDS and disability.
From PR Newswire, December 02, 2010

Connecting the Disconnected: UK and Venezuelan ICT Experts Awarded UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize
The Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova has designated the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (United Kingdom) and Infocentro Foundation (Venezuela) as the laureates of the 2010 UNESCO King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education.
From UNESCO News, December 01, 2010

USA: Iowa's Black Hawk Use of Mobile Technology for Emergencies Could be National Model
Federal officials appear to be taking a page out of the Black Hawk County Emergency Services handbook, and are considering a revamp of 911 emergency services to include the mobile staples of texting, video streaming and picture messaging.
From The Iowa Indipendent, November 29, 2010

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